With over 500 apprentices currently working and learning at their sites across the UK, Siemens understands the importance of apprenticeships in securing manufacturing’s future. That’s one of the reasons they partnered with EEF to deliver the Future Manufacturing Awards’ apprenticeship category.
“We’ve been members and worked with EEF for a number of years, and in particular with the Future Manufacturing Awards. It’s one of the best known awards programmes in the industry and provides recognition for best practice across manufacturing and apprenticeships,” says Robin Phillips, Finance Director at Siemens. “It also raises the profile of engineering as a worthwhile profession, attracting a high calibre of learner and encouraging a more diverse group of young people into the industry.”
“We’re big on investing in apprenticeships ourselves, and we know it’s a critical part of bridging the skills gap in the UK,” Robin says.
Raising the profile of manufacturing as an industry of innovators as well as the individual successes of apprentices are major goals of this long-standing awards programme. Siemens itself has nominated its own apprentices in past years in order to give them recognition as part of the future of manufacturing and their company.
“The Awards raise the profile of engineering as a worthwhile profession, attracting a high calibre of learner and encouraging a more diverse group of young people into the industry.”
Its decision to be not only an awards partner, but an active EEF member, is tied to Siemens goal to have a voice to promote their own organisation and the industry.
Robin says, “EEF is leading the way on a lot of hot topics in the industry and is a great advocate to drive change. EEF helps us have that voice and put power behind what we’re trying to achieve.”
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards is the most rigorous and respected recognition programme in UK manufacturing. Companies of all sizes can apply in categories ranging from developing people to apprentices to business growth. Regional winners in each category go onto the national awards event held annually in London. Learn more about the awards and see 2016’s categories.